Mugabe lied to Zimbabweans

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On 17 April 1980 the then Prime Minister Robert Mugabe addressed a fervent crowd in the soon to be independent nation of Zimbabwe

Following a protracted and brutal liberation struggle against white minority rule, Mugabe seemingly embraced the ideals of peace, reconciliation, and democracy, ostensibly vanquishing in one fell swoop the ugly specter of colonialism, racism, and hatred that had come to define the country formerly known as Rhodesia.

It was during this raucous environment when Mugabe famously declared:

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Democracy is never mob-rule. It is and should remain disciplined rule requiring compliance with the law and social rules. Our independence must thus not be construed as an instrument vesting individuals or groups with the right to harass and intimidate others into acting against their will. …

On Independence Day, our integrated security forces will, in spite of their having only recently fought each other, be marching in step together to herald the new era of national unity and togetherness.”

However, Robert Mugabe, Chipangano (ZANU PF Youths), the National Youth Service (ma Border Gezi), the military, police, and security sector have since abridged the human rights of the Zimbabwean people with impunity.

Those who challenge President Mugabe’s directives are routinely branded “enemies of the state” and “agents of regime change.” These arbitrary labels have allowed authorities to arrest individuals and initiate often baseless criminal actions to stifle peaceful assembly, association, and freedom of expression.

The criminalization of human rights defenders and democracy activists throughout the country has coincided with disappearances, extrajudicial killings, and murder to deter legitimate or otherwise legal democratic activities.

Democracy has been turned into mob rule now for people are being brutalized almost every day by the government of Robert Mugabe. What has just taken place in Mabvuku and Epworth last week left the whole world in tears.

Innocent people were beaten like a snake which has been found in the house. Thank the Creator for creating a strong and very resistance human being. By now, we were supposed to be weeping at the funeral of our fellow Zimbabweans.

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About 200 people have been arrested and some of them are juveniles due to the last week’s protests which led to the shutdown of Zimbabwe on the 6th of June this year.

Among the people who were arrested are #Tajamuka# spokesperson Promise Mkwananzi, Lynda Masarira, ViVa President Ace Lumumba and Evan Mawarire of #ThisFlag#. The only case is to demand an exit for the oldest and clueless Robert Mugabe who has failed to provide food, shelter, education, good health services and employment to the children of Zimbabwe.

The same case is what led to the disappearance of the OAUS (Occupy Africa Unity Square) leader Itai Dzamara in March 2015, disappearance of prominent human rights activist Paul Chizuze, the violence of June 2008 presidential run off resulted in approximately 300 deaths and 5,000 cases of torture, with more than 10,000 individuals requiring medical treatment, the death of Gift Tandare who was killed by Zimbabwean police, who also opened fire during his funeral.

We have also seen the dismissal of senior government and ZANU PF officials such as Joyce Mujuru, Dydmus Mutasa, Jabulani Sibanda, Rugare Gumbo, Temba Mliswa and many others; their only case is that they were planning to topple the 92 year old president who is refusing to hand over power.

Although Mugabe declared that: …..our integrated security forces will, in spite of their having only recently fought each other, be marching in step together to herald the new era of national unity and togetherness.”

He unleashes the security forces and the war veterans in “fast track resettlement program,” in 2000, during which a wave of violence was unleashed on the countryside. Under the program, ruling party militias inflicted violence on farm owners, farm workers, and, used occupied farms as bases for attacks against residents in neighbouring areas.

Soon after Independence, Mugabe tasked Zimbabwe’s Fifth Brigade to murder and execute an estimated 20,000 civilians in the predominantly Ndebele regions of Zimbabwe during the run up to the 1985 parliamentary elections in what is called Gukurahundi.

The Gukurahundi massacre officially ended in 1987 after the signing of a unity accord that established the Zimbabwe African National Union – Patriotic Front (ZANU-PF) as Zimbabwe’s de facto ruling party.

All the above clearly shows that Mugabe failed to respect his 1980 declaration that:

Democracy is never mob-rule. It is and should remain disciplined rule requiring compliance with the law and social rules. Our independence must thus not be construed as an instrument vesting individuals or groups with the right to harass and intimidate others into acting against their will. …

On Independence Day, our integrated security forces will, in spite of their having only recently fought each other, be marching in step together to herald the new era of national unity and togetherness.”

Mugabe has failed to respect the rule of law, property rights, human life and adhering to formulated policies and bilateral agreements.

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